Intelligence Officials to Prioritize Tech Industry Outreach

Threats from China and Russia target U.S. emerging technology. 

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center said it is prioritizing industry outreach efforts to ensure U.S. economic and national security in U.S. technology sectors, warning of “nation-state threats” posed by China and Russia. 

The NCSC center operates within the Office of Director of National Intelligence, is responsible for leading and supporting the counterintelligence and security activities of the United States government. Officials said their outreach to emerging technology sectors is designed to “raise awareness” about the threats, and help those sectors “protect their human talent and cutting-edge research, while not stifling their innovation and scientific collaboration.” 

The NCSC said that technologies, such as computing, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and manufacturing, can be “beneficial” but also can be “economically, militarily and socially destabilizing.” They note that those sectors, specifically, “warrant extra attention” to anticipate the “trajectories of emerging technologies and understand their implications for security.” 

Officials cautioned that the People’s Republic of China ranks as “the primary strategic competitor to the United States because it has a well reasoned and comprehensive strategy to acquire and use technology to advance its national goals.” 

The FBI has also warned that foreign governments sponsor talent recruitment programs, or talent plans, to bring outside knowledge and innovation back to their countries, warning that, sometimes, that means “stealing trade secrets, breaking export control laws, or violating conflict-of-interest policies to do so.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For administration officials as they work with America’s tech companies to understand the risks involved in foreign government-sponsorships. 
  • For members of the intelligence community as they issue recommendations for national security.
  • For U.S. government leaders working to protect U.S. technologies from foreign and domestic hacking. 

Sources: Fox News, AP, Yahoo 


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